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Siege, Wall, Checkpoints

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Carter mission: `We can accept Israel as neighbour`, says HamasY-Net/IMEMC/The Guardian/New York Times - Former US president says in Jerusalem speech Hamas heads told him they are willing to accept peace deal brokered by Abbas that will include return to 1967 borders; reassures Israel captive Gilad Shalit in very good condition. 22/4/2008
Huwwara Checkpoint, Sunday, 13.4.08, PMNaomi L. - MachsomWatch - "At Beita village (near Huwwara), according to Palestinians` testimonies, on Friday 11.4.08, Israeli army bulldozers blocked all entrances and exits of the villages Lower and Upper Beita, and the only route left open was from the main Huwwara road, and that too – half blocked by rubble and dirt. […] According to the local residents, a printed warning was posted up on the Mosque door informing them that anyone found removing any of the fresh barriers would be prosecuted"21/4/2008
Machsomwatch Alert : Checkpoints in March 2008"This alert is dedicated to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who while addressing a brigade commanders` meeting, asked them to "think about the Palestinians having to strip at the checkpoints. This might become a bubbling cauldron that will suddenly explode and inflict terrible burns, and t can be something else - depending entirely upon your own judgment and your ability to act wisely and with determination." Come, Mr. Prime Minister, take a look at what really goes on at the checkpoints."19/4/2008
Stop the Carnage, Ban the Cluster Bomb!American Task Force for Lebanon-"More then a year later, only 20% of the cluster bombs in Lebanon have been cleared. The main obstacle is Israel`s refusal to provide targeting data...If left on the ground, a slight disturbance may cause bomblets to explode. Worse, many bomblets are brightly colored, with others attached to small parachutes, making them look like toys and enticing kids to pick them up."25/4/2008
violence commited by the armyLink to a MachsomWatch photo-album. Click "slide show" at top right, then click the photo for captions.12/4/2008
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Hizbollah turns to Iran for new weapons to wage war on IsraelRobert Fisk - the Independent - "Up to 300 men are taken to Beirut en route to Tehran each month... Whether this frightening conflict takes place will depend on President Bush`s behaviour. If America – or its proxy, Israel – bombs Iran, the response is likely to be swift and will come from the deep underground bunkers that the Hizbollah has been building in the fields and beside the roadways east and south of Jezzine."12/4/2008
Demolition of houses near the Separation Barrier, Far`un Village, Tulkarm DistrictB`Tselem - The widespread phenomenon of Palestinians building without a permit in the West Bank results from Israel’s longstanding policy not to issue building permits except in extraordinary cases. This policy is based on a tendentious reliance on outdated outline plans from the British Mandate period, in which most of the West Bank was classified as agricultural land. These plans ignore population growth in recent decades and fail to meet current Palestinian needs10/4/2008
Shomron Crossing Checkpoint, Sunday 6.4.08 PM Naomi Lalo - Machsomwatch - 14:45 – 46 Palestinian males detained standing at the side of the checkpoint. Some since 4 a.m., others since 7 and 9 a.m. Standing all the while. The checkpoint commander (a first-sergeant) says he got here not long ago, inherited them from the morning shift and did not ask since when they`d been held. They are not allowed to sit down because "when they do, they make trouble." 10/4/2008
Hamas leader Mash`al to meet with Jimmy Carter in mid-AprilMa`an News Agency (Bethlehem) - A plan is coalescing to arrange a meeting between exiled senior Hamas leader Khalid Mash`al and former US President Jimmy Carter in Damascus on 18 April, Palestinian sources told the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat on Tuesday. If the meeting is held, Carter will become the highest-ranking American official ever to publicly meet with Hamas leaders. [When he was President, Carter had fired his Ambassador to the UN for meeting with PLO members. Ed.]8/4/2008
Diskin: Complete fence before gesturesRoni Sofer - YNET - Shin Bet chief warns cabinet against easing restrictions on Palestinians while separation fence remains breached. Aide to defense minister says Barak is working to locate budget for fence`s completion, adds diplomatic considerations taken into account as well7/4/2008
No Checkpoints in HeavenRamzy Baroud - ZNet - ` Since the siege on Gaza, my father`s life became impossible. His ailments were not ‘serious` enough for hospitals crowded with limbless youth. During the most recent Israeli onslaught, most hospital spaces were converted to surgery wards, and there was no place for an old man like my dad. All attempts to transfer him to the better equipped West Bank hospitals failed as Israeli authorities repeatedly denied him the required permit. "I am sick, son, I am sick," my father cried when I spoke to him two days before his death. He died alone on March 18, waiting to be reunited with my brothers in the West Bank. He died a refugee, but a proud man nonetheless. `5/4/2008
Weekly Digest: Reports from Checkpoints, 23.3.08--29.3.08MachsomWatch - Hizmeh (A-Ram – Qalandiya area), Sunday, 23.3.08, 19:43: “A Red Crescent Ambulance had been waiting 40 minutes to take a woman in labor to Mukassad Hospital, for lack of a permit. She was not even allowed to transfer to the ambulance, though the 3 crew members swore they had the skills and equipment to deliver the baby safely in their vehicle. We made some phone calls that seemed to work -- the woman was shortly allowed into the ambulance -- but not into a Jerusalem hospital, on GSS instructions. Although the ambulance crew recommended that the husband transfer his wife to the Ramallah hospital in an ambulance, in view of the practical certainty that she would give birth en route, he decided to take her in his own car” 3/4/2008
Retaining One`s Dignity in Palestine - Walls, Tunnels and Daily HumiliationsMATS SVENSSON - Counter Punch - "Most people from Al Ram use the tunnel to get to Jerusalem. They return in the afternoon, wanting to get back home before nightfall." 2/4/2008
Israel to use alternative methods to protect settlements other than roadblocksGhassan Bannoura - IMEMC - ""From our past experience they remove roadblocks that have been already kind of eroded or that Palestinians have found ways around ..."" 2/4/2008
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